Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Drive Angry” (2011)

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Milton (Nicholas Cage) is an undead escapee from Hell seeking to rescue his infant granddaughter from Satanist Jonah King (Billy Burke) and his gang of cultists from sacrificing her to bring Hell to Earth. Along the way, he meets Piper (Amber Heard) who through a set of circumstances, reluctantly agrees to help him.

Meanwhile…..Hell has sent the diabolical “Accountant” (William Fichtner) to reclaim Milton and deliver him back to the devil.

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Drive Angry is a 2011 Horror/Action film from the director of My Bloody Valentine and the Dracula 2000 Trilogy. Although Horror may be taking it a bit strongly, it certainly has clear supernatural elements in the storyline. It is first and foremost an action packed road movie that that has the feeling of one of those grindhouse 70’s films. While it certainly isn’t the kind of movie likely to draw all movie buffs, it does have a fairly good storyline, and a good blend of character development, and adrenalin- fueled excitement.

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The performances in this movie are terrific to say the least. Cage as an action hero just works perfectly as the stereotypical action hero mostly is humorless and dead serious on getting the mission taken care of. Milton is a character who’s insight into the wrongs of his past life continue to haunt him long after his death, and much like in the shirt off the film classic The Crow, Milton is a good embodiment of Chaotic Antihero vs. Evil.

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Amber Heard is far from being called a damsel in distress. In this chaotic world of cultists, killers, and car chases her portrayal of Piper is one of a strong independent woman who can clearly handle herself in this destructive situation. One could argue that in the case of Amber Heard in the role of Piper, it couldn’t be called anything short of perfect casting.

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The villains of the film are also great in there portrayals. Billy Burke, fresh off of the Twilight Saga, playing the charismatic bad guy who dosent really care who stands in his way.  He’s like a cross between a Charles Bronson villain and Jim Jones. Someone who let’s their own beliefs cloud their judgement and makes them to overconfident.

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Fichtner as the Accountant is really where this movie has personality. He, like Milton, has a job to do and won’t let any of the distractions of the Earth keep him from accomplishing his mission. Like an infant, it’s almost like his character is discovering new things in the world around him all the time. It’s truly difficult to hate the Accountant in that in the end, he’s one of the more likable characters in the entire movie. Arguably, one of Fichtner’s greatest performances.

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While the obvious 3D effects tend to distract and create a distance between the audience and the story, and is a bit bloodier than one would expect, it is still just a very good action film that reminds us that going to the movies should be a fun experience.

Score: 5/10

Rated: R

Directed by Patrick Lussier
Written by Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier

Cast

Nicolas CageMilton

Amber HeardPiper

William FichtnerThe Accountant

Billy BurkeJonah King

David MorseWebster

Todd FarmerFrank

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”

When Indiana Jones first meets the character Walter Donavan to discuss the history of the Holy Grail, you can hear a piano playing in the background. It’s playing the theme from Star Wars.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Batman” (1989)

In a flashback in the film, it reveals that Jack Napier (The Joker) was the one who killed Bruce Wayne’s parents when he was a kid. Anybody who’s read the comics knows it was actually a petty crook by the name of Joe Chill. While this could’ve been written in for the purposes of this movie, it could be a reference to a particular era in the Batman comics where he dreams his parents murders every night and envisions whatever villain he’s after.
Meaning…. Batman may in fact be way more psychologically damaged than even he realizes.

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Joe’s Random Movie Review: “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

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In this era of late sequels, remakes, and reboots its easy to either disregard or just enjoy the nostalgic feeling of reliving the original film again years later. The truth is its a 50/50 shot and not all make the cut. Then again, in the end it depends entirely on the viewer.

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2008 marked the return of one of the cinema’s greatest heroes, Indiana Jones. In this film, Jones (Harrison Ford) is asked by the rebellious Mutt Williams (Shia LaBeouf) to help him and his mother track down an old colleague of Jones’s who went missing while searching for a mythic crystal skull in South America. Meanwhile, a group of Soviets led by the intimidating Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) are chasing after the skull, hoping to use its power for global conquest.

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Right off the bat, you get the feeling you’re watching a sequel. But more than that, you know you’re in a different time period than the previous three films. Whereas they took place in the thirties, this one is in the fifties, and as such has more of a “Happy Days” vibe to it at points. The first films took place in an era of Nazis and Saturday matinees, this one is in the era of B-movies, atomic bombs, giant bugs, cold war conspiracies, and men from mars. So it goes without saying that the different feel you get with this film trends to make it stand out from the previous films in the series.

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Superb acting on the part of Harrison Ford, who brings the charm and charisma as Dr. Jones. Along with the return of Marian Ravenwood (Karen Allen) and the newcomers of John Hurt and Ray Winstone. The good storytelling and acting overall make this a very enjoyable adventure for any fan of the Indiana Jones series.

Rating:
6.5/10

A great addition to an already great series.

Directed by Steven Spielberg
Written by David Koepp
Characters created by George Lucas

Cast

Harrison Ford…….Indiana Jones

Cate Blanchett…….Irina Spalko

Karen Allen…..Marion Ravenwood

Ray Winstone……George “Mac” McHale

John Hurt…….Professor Oxley

Jim Broadbent…….Dean Charles Stanforth

Shia LaBeouf…….Mutt Williams

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Interstellar”

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Miller’s planet as portrayed in the movie is a shallow ocean world that orbits the black hole Gargantua, with tidal waves that get as tall as 4,000 feet. These waves are caused by the intense gravitational pull of Gargantua. This is also the cause for the time difference on planet since time moves slower the closer you are to a black hole (one hour on Miller’s planet is seven years on Earth). What is not really shown in the film, is that because of the pull of Gargantua, the planet is not a sphere. It is actually football shaped.

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Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “A Fistful of Dollars”

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This infamous 1964 spaghetti western is actually an illegal remake of a 1961 samurai film called “Yojimbo”. This resulted in a law suit and the film was shelved for three years before being released in America. This have director Sergio Leone enough time to film the sequels “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.”

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Also as a result, Yojimbo’s director, Akira Kerosawa and screenwriter Ryûzô Kikushima got the distribution rights for “A Fistful of Dollars” in Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan, plus 15% of its worldwide gross. Kerosawa said he ended up making more money from this than when Yojimbo was in theaters.

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